Quick Patriotic Table Runner Tutorial

 If you are like me, summer rolls around and
red, white and blue starts calling your name.
So fun and cheery, so patriotic and so SUMMER!

If you are also like me in that you've waited till now
you weren't inspired till now to start making
some R,W&B decor,  I've got a quick project that
you likely can make from scraps or your stash. 
Even better, it's a batting-buster project!

(this slightly-longer runner was gifted)

I'm not a big tutorial writer so please be patient
with me.  I'm assuming you are familiar with the
quilt-as-you-go method so what I'm really providing
are some general measurements and directions.
If you are not familiar with this method please

I didn't feel the star block needed to be completely
quilted in so, I pieced the first sections traditionally,
then moved over to the quilt-as-you-go method.  

I don't have amounts for fabric requirements
 but you don't need much--you can eye it.
You could go real scrappy and use a different
fabric for each piece.  Whatever works.
For a longer (or shorter) runner, add (subtract)
strips as desired.  

~ a scrap piece of batting approx 12" x 30" ~
~ backing fabric approx 12" x 30 ~
~ fabric scraps: red, ivory (or white) and blue ~
~ 2 gold strips at least 11" or more long ~

From the blue(s) cut
(1) 5x5 square
(4) 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 squares*

*cut these 4 squares diagonally to make 8 triangles

From the red(s) cut
(8) 2 x 11 strips

From the ivory(ies) cut
(6) 2 x 11 strips
(4) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 squares
(1) 5 3/4 x5 3/4 square**

 **Cut this square diagonally to make 4 triangles

From the gold cut
(2) 1 1/4 x 11 strips

Starting out with a little traditional piecing
for some of the star construction:

 Right sides together, stitch one ivory triangle and
one blue triangle together as shown.

Press seam to the dark side and repeat
with other side as shown.

Press open and trim.  Repeat to make (4)
flying geese sections.  Set (2) sections aside. 

Sew a 2 3/4" ivory square to each side of the
remaining (2) flying geese sections.  Press seams
outward (toward the ivory).

From here on, it's the "quilt-as-you-go" method.
Note:  I did not trim the edges of my scrap batting
to make them straight because I felt I had enough
space to allow for error
(or maybe I just like livin' on the edge?) 
but it would certainly be helpful to do so.

Place your backing on your table, wrong side up.
Find the exact center of your batting by folding both
vertically and horizontally and finger press in each
direction to mark the center. 
Repeat this with the 5" blue square.  
Center batting on top of backing.  With right side up,
line up the center of the blue square to the center
 of your batting, being careful to make sure it's 
straight horizontally and vertically.

Place one flying geese section as pictured,
right sides together, on top of your square.
Pin in place.

Stitch and press open.

Attach remaining flying geese section
to the bottom in same manner.  Press open.

Attach the longer geese sections to each side
in the same manner, pressing out as you go.

Place a gold strip, right sides together, on each
side of the star and pin; stitch & press out.
The gold strip is optional but I like the little
pop of color and definition it gives to the star.

Here's where I'm at so far with my two runners.

Continue to add strips in the same manner,
pressing out well as you go to ensure your
 strips stay straight.  I suggest even checking
the distance from points on your star.  

If you're not a pinner, (I'm usually not),
this is one of those times that you
should listen to that naggy voice that says,
 "Hey, Cheree, I bet it would be helpful to pin this,"
but I hope your voice calls you by your own name
and not mine because that would be really weird.

So anyhoo, keep on adding strips until
you've reached the length you want.

Lining your ruler up along the edge of
the star block, trim off all excess.  

I don't know about you, but I feel tidier already!
Bind.  And you're done!

I've been showing both runners so you could see
the slight difference in look.  Mine is a little shorter
and has the white (ivory) strips on the outside;
The red binding still gives it that dark edge.

This runner is yours to do with as you wish
personally (no selling) but please send some
love back by linking here for props.
Let's give credit where it's due, eh?

Now, go have an espresso martini with a friend...
which is exactly what I did after making mine!

Happy quilting and see you tomorrow
for the Tuesday To-Do link up!


Bernie Kringel said…
Cheree, this is adorable and looks like a quick, fun project. Thank you for the post!!
Joyful Quilter said…
Forget the table runner, how do you make an espresso martini? Looks yummy. ;o) I promise to give you full credit when I drink mine.
Great tutorial and cute runner.
Astrid said…
Beautiful table runner. I've never done 'quilt-as-you-go', now I'm tempted to give it a try. I'm curious about the espresso martini too. :) It looks yummy.
piecefulwendy said…
What a cute runner, and it would go together so quickly! I'm completely distracted by the espresso martini, however - it looks delicious (although I might just go for the espresso - LOL)
chrisknits said…
Great idea! I can see it with a pumpkin center, a leaf, a heart, a shamrock, a kite, an apple, a.....LOL, the possibilities are endless!!!
Home Sewn By Us said…
Thanks for the tutorial! And I love the new header on your website. ~smile~ Roseanne
Linda said…
Yay for the tute! I love this runner and am determined to make one - thank you!